Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Software Aktiengesellschaft provides software development, licensing, and maintenance; and information (IT) services worldwide.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet and good value.

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Share Price & News

How has Software's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: SOW's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

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Return vs Industry: SOW underperformed the Austrian Software industry which returned -3.4% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SOW exceeded the Austrian Market which returned -31.4% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day7.6%1.2%-2.5%
30 Day-10.2%-11.4%-25.0%
90 Day-12.3%-17.4%-34.6%
1 Year-12.1%-14.1%-4.5%-6.3%-30.5%-32.9%
3 Yearn/a18.1%11.4%-18.4%-25.7%
5 Yearn/a67.4%53.7%-1.3%-15.1%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Software's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News

No news available


Is Software undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: SOW (€27.33) is trading below our estimate of fair value (€48.31)

Significantly Below Fair Value: SOW is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: SOW is good value based on its PE Ratio (13x) compared to the Software industry average (27.9x).

PE vs Market: SOW is poor value based on its PE Ratio (13x) compared to the Austrian market (11.1x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: SOW's earnings are forecast to decline next year, so we can't calculate its PEG ratio.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: SOW is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.5x) compared to the XE Software industry average (2.7x).

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Future Growth

How is Software forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 14 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SOW's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-2.5% per year).

Earnings vs Market: SOW's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-2.5% per year).

High Growth Earnings: SOW's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: SOW's revenue (2.7% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the Austrian market (2.1% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SOW's revenue (2.7% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: SOW's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (9.4%).

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Past Performance

How has Software performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: SOW has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: SOW's current net profit margins (17.4%) are lower than last year (19%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SOW's earnings have grown by 6.1% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: SOW's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: SOW had negative earnings growth (-6%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Software industry average (7.3%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: SOW's Return on Equity (11.4%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Software's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: SOW's short term assets (€776.0M) exceed its short term liabilities (€468.2M).

Long Term Liabilities: SOW's short term assets (€776.0M) exceed its long term liabilities (€290.4M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: SOW's debt to equity ratio (18.9%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: SOW's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 44.5% to 18.9% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: SOW's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (67.1%).

Interest Coverage: SOW earns more interest than it pays, so coverage of interest payments is not a concern.

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: SOW has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: SOW's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 3x debt).

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What is Software's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Upcoming Dividend Payment

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: SOW's dividend (2.6%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the Austrian market (1.98%).

High Dividend: SOW's dividend (2.6%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the Austrian market (6.2%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Whilst dividend payments have been stable, SOW has been paying a dividend for less than 10 years.

Growing Dividend: SOW's dividend payments have increased, but the company has only paid a dividend for 2 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (33.9%), SOW's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: SOW's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (30.6% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Sanjay Brahmawar





Mr. Sanjay Brahmawar has been Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of Software AG, Inc. and Software Aktiengesellschaft since August 1, 2018. Mr. Brahmawar serves as General Manager ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Sanjay's total compensation ($USD2.96M) is above average for companies of similar size in the Austrian market ($USD1.93M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Insufficient data to compare Sanjay's compensation with company performance.

Leadership Team

Sanjay Brahmawar
Chairman of the Management Board & CEO1.67yrs€2.70mno data
Arnd Zinnhardt
CFO & Member of the Management Board18.25yrs€3.66m0.034% 684.5k
Stefan Sigg
Chief Product Officer & Member of Management Board3yrs€1.88mno data
John Schweitzer
Chief Revenue Officer & Member of the Management Board1.42yrs€1.09mno data
Elke Frank
Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of Executive Board - Legal & IT0.67yrno datano data
Bernd Gross
Chief Technology Officer1.25yrsno datano data
Otmar Winzig
Senior VP & Head of Investor Relationsno datano datano data
Benno Quade
Senior Vice President of Global Legalno datano datano data
Byung-Hun Park
Senior Vice President of Corporate Communicationsno datano datano data
Paz Macdonald
Chief Marketing Officer1.25yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: SOW's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.3 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.

Board Members

Andreas Bereczky
Chairman of Supervisory Board11yrs€185.20kno data
Markus Ziener
Member of Supervisory Board4.92yrs€74.00kno data
Alf Wulf
Member of the Supervisory Board12.92yrs€86.00k0.00054% 10.8k
Eun-Kyung Park
Member of Supervisory Board4.92yrs€78.00kno data
Guido Falkenberg
Deputy Chairman of Supervisory Board4.92yrs€119.00kno data
Christian Zimmermann
Member of Supervisory Board4.92yrs€72.00kno data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: SOW's board of directors are considered experienced (4.8 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Software Aktiengesellschaft's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Software Aktiengesellschaft
  • Ticker: SOW
  • Exchange: WBAG
  • Founded: 1969
  • Industry: Systems Software
  • Sector: Software
  • Market Cap: €1.997b
  • Shares outstanding: 73.98m
  • Website: https://www.softwareag.com

Number of Employees


  • Software Aktiengesellschaft
  • Uhlandstrasse 12
  • Darmstadt
  • Hessen
  • 64297
  • Germany


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
SWDA.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesRegistered SharesUSUSDOct 2017
SOWDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesRegistered SharesDEEUROct 2017
SOWDBATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')YesRegistered SharesGBEUROct 2017
SOWWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesRegistered SharesATEUROct 2017
0RULLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesRegistered SharesGBEUROct 2017
SOWSWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)YesRegistered SharesCHCHFOct 2017
SOWXTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)YesRegistered SharesDEEUROct 2017
SOW-UETLX (Eurotlx)YesRegistered SharesITEUROct 2017


Software Aktiengesellschaft provides software development, licensing, and maintenance; and information (IT) services worldwide. It operates through three segments: Digital Business Platform, Adabas & Natural, and Consulting. The company offers Adabas & Natural, a transaction processing platform that enables digital enterprises to leverage core systems in various ways; Alfabet for use in IT planning and portfolio management, as well as enterprise architecture management; Apama, a platform for streaming analytics and intelligent automated actions on fast-moving big data; and Architecture for Integrated Information Systems, a platform that makes processes transparent, controlled, manageable, and agile. It also provides cloud-based platform-as-a-service suite, such as CONNX that provides secure, and real-time read/write SQL data access and integration; Cumulocity, which offers Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity for networked digital devices and sensors through a cloud-hosted IoT device management and application enablement platform; Terracotta, a platform that enables digital enterprises to access and store large volumes of data in-memory, as well as enhance system performance; webMethods, which enables customers to integrate systems, partners, data, devices, and software as a service applications; and Zementis that enables predictive analytics with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities. Further, the company provides digital transformation consulting, platform consulting, performance ready content, platform rapid innovation methodology, training, and support services. It offers its products and services for customers in banking and securities, communication and media, education, energy and natural resources, manufacturing, retail, transportation, healthcare, insurance, utilities, and government sectors. Software Aktiengesellschaft was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/04/02 00:01
End of Day Share Price2020/04/01 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.